Spring Break 2016: 10 best beaches in Palm Beach County

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It’s Spring Break 2016! Here are our picks of the best beaches in South Florida and Palm Beach County.

Arranged in order from north to south Palm Beach County:

Coral Cove. (Palm Beach Post File photo)
Coral Cove. (Palm Beach Post File photo)

1. Coral Cove: This tiny Tequesta beach, which is the northernmost in Palm Beach County, attracts snorkelers to its rocky shore. Bonus: You can walk to the sublime Blowing Rocks Nature Conservancy from there.

1600 S. Beach Road, Tequesta, 561-624-0065, free parking

Sunset at north end of the beach at Carlin Park ,Jupiter. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Sunset at north end of the beach at Carlin Park ,Jupiter. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

2. Carlin Park: What are you looking for in a beach experience? You’ll likely find it in Jupiter’s megapark, the largest county-maintained beach park, which comes with a side of soft, clean sand.

400 S. State Road A1A, Jupiter, 561-629-8775, free parking

A fisherman hauls in a catch on the Juno Beach Pier at sunrise. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
A fisherman hauls in a catch on the Juno Beach Pier at sunrise. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

3. Juno Beach Park: The Juno Beach Pier is the crown jewel of this stretch of coastline, and it costs only a buck to stroll its 990-foot length.

14775 U.S. 1, Juno Beach, 561-624-0065, free parking

North end of MacArthur Beach State Park. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)
North end of MacArthur Beach State Park. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

4. John D. MacArthur State Park: The county’s only state park, MacArthur is a must-visit attraction for nature lovers in this neck of the mangrove forest. A walk across a 1/3-mile boardwalk leads to an undeveloped, and typically unpopulated, beach.

Want to know about all the beaches in Palm Beach County? Check out our full guide, with parking info, facts and main attractions of each beach.

10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach, 561-624-6952, $5 per vehicle ($4 for single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle)

Palm Beach. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

5. Palm Beach Municipal Beach: The island’s Midtown Beach boasts the easiest access, and toniest address, of any beach in the county. And remember, the window shopping on Worth Avenue is always free.

375 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561-838-5483, $5 per hour for parking

Waves break at Lake Worth pier. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)
Waves break at Lake Worth pier. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

6. Lake Worth Municipal Beach: From Benny’s on the Beach to a beloved pier, from an Olympic-size pool to modern monkey bars that kids will have to be pulled away from, this park has more to offer than just grains of sand.

10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth, 561-533-7395, $2 per hour for parking

Ocean Ridge Hammock Park. (Palm Beach Post file)
Ocean Ridge Hammock Park. (Palm Beach Post file)

7. Ocean Ridge Hammock Park: At this secluded beach, the journey is as enjoyable as the destination. The zig-zagging, 300-foot path through a lush, shady hammock rivals any surf-soaked sunrise.

6620 N. Ocean Blvd., Ocean Ridge, 561-276-3990, free parking

Related: Post readers pick favorite beach in Palm Beach County

Boynton Beach Oceanfront Park. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Boynton Beach Oceanfront Park. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

8. Boynton Beach Oceanfront Park: Friendly staff. A snack shack serving strawberry lemonade. Soaring “sunguards” providing shade. And, unlike most county parks, which roll up the sidewalks at sunset, this facility remains open till 9 p.m.

6415 N. Ocean Blvd., Ocean Ridge, 561-742-6565, parking is $5 per vehicle May 1-Nov. 15 and $10 per vehicle Nov. 16-April 30

Delray Municipal Beach, Wednesday afternoon. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Delray Municipal Beach, Wednesday afternoon. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

9. Delray Municipal Beach: Proximity to bustling Atlantic Avenue gives this 7,000-foot landscape a high-rent feeling. This is a beach for the beautiful people, and for volleyball players who battle it out on seven well-maintained courts.

South Ocean Boulevard (centered at Atlantic Avenue), Delray Beach, 561-272-3224, $1.50 per hour

Red Reef Park. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Red Reef Park. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

10. Red Reef Park: The price of admission is high — it costs $18 to park on weekends — but this beautiful, family-friendly beach is South County central for snorkelers, whether beginning or experienced.

1400 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-393-7974, parking is $16 weekdays and $18 on weekends and holidays

Spring Break 2016: Our guide to the best beaches, things to do in Palm Beach County

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Get out the sunscreen and beach towels. Spring break is busting out all over Florida this month. Palm Beach County public school students are off until Monday, March 28.

Whether you’re staycationing or visiting, there are plenty of options to fill sunny your days.

Here are the best beaches, waterfront bars and things to do in Palm Beach County for Spring Break 2016:

Spring Break Guide of Palm Beach County

 

Best Irish pubs celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this week

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Only two days until the luck of the Irish hits! St. Patrick’s Day is Thursday, March 17. And Irish pubs in Palm Beach County are celebrating! Whether you want to toast one to Saint Patrick, or just drink green beer while listening to authentic Irish bands, here are some of the best St. Patrick’s Day parties in the county:

Our favorite Irish pubs in Palm Beach County

 

What NFL football legend was spotted in Jupiter this weekend?

Tom Brady, team owner Robert Kraft, and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots celebrate with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Tom Brady, team owner Robert Kraft, and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots celebrate with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

That would be none other than New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

On Saturday afternoon, the Super Bowl-winning coaching legend was seen working out on the treadmills at Gold’s Gym in Jupiter. There is no rest for a multitasking coach in the offseason: As Belichick worked out, in a Harvard Football T-shirt, he had the treadmill TV on a basketball game, had a computer propped up reviewing football game video and was jotting down notes on a pad, a pencil stuck behind his right ear.

Belichick has been known to visit the area, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft has a home nearby in Palm Beach.

The coach wasn’t the only celeb at Gold’s on Saturday afternoon. Also spotted: Don Brewer, the drummer-singer of Grand Funk Railroad and singer-writer of We’re An American Band, who lives in the area.

Spring Break 2016: Best South Florida beaches, bars and things to do

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A group of spring breakers hit the sand on Delray Municipal Beach. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Stock up on sunscreen and dig out the beach towels. Spring break is busting out all over Florida this month. College students from the East Coast and Midwest have begun their annual coastal invasion while Palm Beach County public school students are off from Friday, March 18 until Monday, March 28.

Whether you’re staycationing or visiting, there are plenty of options to fill sunny days (although we Floridians may require wet suits for frigid ocean temperatures still in the low 70s).

Here are the best beaches, waterfront bars and things to do in Palm Beach County for Spring Break 2016:

Spring Break Guide of Palm Beach County

20 things to do in Palm Beach County in March 2016

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1. The Festival of the Arts in Boca will be kicking off on March 4 with a showing of Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra from the University of Miami Frost School of Music playing the score live in Mizner Park Amphitheater. The festival will run until March 16 with other events including performances of Mozart’s Magic Flute and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a concert with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, and a performance of Cirque de la Symphonie. For more information and tickets, click here.

2. The Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival will be taking over Okeechobee from March 4 through 6 with headliners including Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex, Bassnectar, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Hall & Oates, and the Avett Brothers. For more coverage of the festival, check out the Post’s advance or go to the festival’s website for tickets and schedules.

3. Reggae Fest is opening up in Lake Worth on March 5 and 6 with Collie Buddz and The Original Wailers headlining the Northwood Village festival. The rest of the line-up includes Lance-o DJ, Johnny Dread, and the Future Presidents with tickets on sale at the festival’s website now. Admission is $12 with children under 12 getting in for free.

4. Rib Round-Up is taking over the Perfect Vodka Ampitheater in rain or shine on March 5 with headliners including country stars Hunter Hayes, Frankie Ballard, Parmalee, Michael Ray, and Granger Smith. Lawn tickets are on-sale now for $25 while supplies last with other “ticket hit” locations popping up around Palm Beach County, according to this schedule. For more information, visit the Rib Round-Up website here.

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5. The 19th annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival will happen on March 5 and 6, starting at 10 a.m. and going until 5 p.m. each day on Atlantic Avenue. This year’s festival will feature more than “100 of the nation’s most talented artisans” with jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, and more on display through the two days. Admission is free, but those interested should RSVP here.

6. The 6th annual CityPlace Art Fair will be happening at the same time as the Delray Beach one, running from March 5 through 6 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The festival will be taking place on South Rosemary Avenue with an array of paintings, life size sculptures, photography, and ceramics on display. The festival is free and open to the public with artwork ranging from $25 to $30,000. For more information, or to RSVP to the event, visit the festival’s Facebook page.

7. The Spring Music Jam is bringing country, bluegrass, and southern rock together for a three day festival that will feature headliners such as Asphalt Angels Classic Car Show on Saturday, Cruise In on Sunday, Green Market, Food & Drinks, and Merchants. The festival runs from March 11 through 13 with the gate opening at 4 p.m. on March 11 and closing at 10 p.m. Admission is $15 per person per day with children under 12 getting in for free. For those interested in a three-day pass, those run at $35 with a camping space available for the same price. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit the website here.

8. Roger McGuinn is set to play in concert at the Crest Theater in Delray Beach on March 11 from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. After leading “The Byrds” in the 1960s, McGuinn went on to “combine the rock beat of the Beatles with the folk sensibilities of Bob Dylan” and form an early version of “folk-rock.” Tickets are between $57 and $77, and are available on the theater’s website.

 

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9. Tony Bennett is set to swoon the crowd with a performance at the Kravis Center on March 11 at 8 p.m. The legendary singer, who has sold more than 10 million records and won 18 Grammy awards, will be performing in the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall with tickets starting at $36. For more information, and to buy tickets, click on the Kravis Center’s website here.

10. The 20th annual Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Art Fest by the Sea will be taking place in Juno Beach from March 12 through 13 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on each day. The festival, which is located on U.S. 1 in Juno Beach, will feature more than 150 exhibitors showing off their work that includes photography, life-size sculptures, and jewelry. The festival has free admission, but those interested in attending should RSVP at the Facebook page.

11. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will be rolling down Delray Beach on March 11 and 12 with the festival taking place both days (5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 11 and 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on March 12) with the parade happening the morning of the 12th. Other events include the Fire Brigade Rock Band, the Emergency Services Bag Pipe Band, the Aranmore Academy Irish Dancers, and the Uproot Hootenanny Band. The festival is free, but they’re accepting donations at their website.

12. The 2016 Irish Fest will be conquering Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach on March 12 and 13 from noon until 11 p.m. on Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday. The festival will feature performances from The Young Wolf Tones, the Screaming Orphans, Paddy Noonan, Seven Nations, and Off Kilter. Admission is only $5 with children under 14 getting in for free. For more information, visit the festival’s website here.

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13. The Palm Beach International Boat Show will be taking to the local waters from March 17 through 20. The boat show, which was listed as one of the top five in the country, will feature “more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts, and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers.” The event will be held at Evernia St. and Flagler Dr. as well as North Clematis St. and Flagler Dr. with admission set at $21 for adults, $11 for children ages 6 through 15, and free for children under. For more information, or to buy tickets and VIP packages, visit the boat show’s website here.

14. The 2nd annual Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Festival will be making your mouth water on March 18 and 19 from noon until 11 p.m. on both days. The festival will feature a menu that includes a Forever Roasted BBQ Pork & Bacon Sandwich as well as a Bacon Ice Cream Sundae with a Bourbon and Caramel Sauce. The Flyers, Grace & the Victory Riders, Big Medicine, Joey Gilmore, Acoustic Mayhem, and the Jay Blues Band will be taking to the main stage throughout the weekend with seminars and tastings, including a bourbon & bacon happy hour, keeping you busy. General admission tickets cost $25 with other packages ranging from $59 to $75 and featuring added bonuses to your dining experience. For more information, or tickets, visit the festival website here.

15. TurtleFest will be in at Loggerhead Park in June Beach on March 19 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. wiht visitors getting the chance to have a hands-on experience with the local Loggerhead turtles. The festival also includes art, shopping, games for the children, and educational programs. The Samantha Russell Band, Chain Reaction, Erasmith, and Mike Mineo are set to perform. Admission is free with more information at the festival’s website.

16. PrideFest 2016 will be taking place at multiple locations from March 18 through 20 with celebrations at Roosters in West Palm Beach, Fort Dix Bar in West Palm Beach, Mad Hatter Lounge in Lake Worth, Compass in Lake Worth, Studio 205 in Lake Worth, and Penny’s at the Duke in Lantana. The parade is set to start at 11:30 a.m. in Bryant Park in downtown Lake Worth. For more information, and tickets, visit the festival’s website.

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17. Gatsby will be the latest ballet at Ballet Palm Beach on March 19 and 20 (and no Leonard DiCaprio will not be involved). The company will perform F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. and March 20 at 4:00 p.m. with it being the latest work from artistic director, Colleen Smith. Tickets are on sale now starting from $17. For more information, and tickets, visit the Ballet Palm Beach website.

18. Chicago and Earth, Wind, and Fire will be rocking the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater stage on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Heart and Soul Tour 2.0. The two classic bands are pairing up to blast out their tunes including hits “September” and “Saturday in the Park.” Tickets begin at $118 and are on-sale now at the Perfect Vodka website.

19. Sophia Loren is offering an intimate evening together at the Kravis Center on March 28 at 8 p.m. The Oscar-winning actress will speak with the audience about her life and career accompanied by film clips and a question-and-answer session. Tickets for the event start at $39 and are available at the Kravis Center website, but a re-watch of “Two Women” or “El Cid” may also be vital as well.

20. The Read Together Palm Beach County finale will be on March 31 at 5 p.m. at the Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace featuring author Chris Bohjalian, who will speak about his book, “The Light in the Ruins.” The event is free, but those attending are asked to RSVP by calling (561)-279-9103 beforehand. For more information about the finale, or the program in general, visit the Read Together website.

Jupiter Seafood Festival is at new location this weekend!

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The Jupiter Seafood Festival features fresh seafood from a dozen vendors. (Photo byLeonard Bryant Photography)

The Jupiter Seafood Festival moves to its new location at Carlin Park in Jupiter this weekend. The event had previously taken place at Abacoa Town Center.

The fun family fest, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, promises two days of fresh seafood, live entertainment, nautical arts and crafts, local retailers and kids activities.

The main stage will feature live entertainment both days with a lineup that includes reggae, classic rock and country music. Check the Jupiter Seafood Festival’s website for the full music lineup.

Tickets are $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.

If you go: Jupiter Seafood Festival; Saturday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21; Carlin Park, 400 Florida A1A, Jupiter; 561-847-2090.

Related: Our complete guide to the best festivals in Palm Beach County

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2015 Jupiter Seafood Festival
(Photo by Leonard Bryant Photography)

Frank Sinatra 100th birthday: celebrate with free meatballs!

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Nothing like listening to “The Way You Look Tonight” while chowing down on meatballs to celebrate the centennial birthday of Frank Sinatra.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is offering free meatballs on Dec. 12 to any guest who wears Sinatra’s signature Fedora in honor of the singer’s 100th birthday. All 51 locations of Anthony’s will offer the meatball special. Check Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza website for your nearest location.

Related: Our Post readers share their favorite memories of Frank Sinatra

On top of the free meatballs, Anthony’s will be paying tribute to the singer by playing Sinatra songs in the restaurant all day and will being offering an entry to win an iPod pre-loaded with 100 Sinatra tunes.

For more information, you can visit the restaurant’s website.